flealess:

“When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.

Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous - not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful…

The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.”

Ann Druyan, about her husband Carl Sagan

(via flealess-deactivated20130807)

  1. warpaintling reblogged this from blua
  2. trapdoor-trigger reblogged this from xezene
  3. igot7boysinfinitely reblogged this from madnessreadsinwonderland
  4. madnessreadsinwonderland reblogged this from xezene
  5. pokecinga-ranas-en-el-cielo reblogged this from xezene
  6. hal-is-absolutely-not-ladylike reblogged this from charliebowater
  7. i-am-so-impressive reblogged this from xezene and added:
    In honor of Cosmos. Probably the most beautiful thing written about love and death I’ve ever read.
  8. even-more-insanerer reblogged this from beeandcuppypat
  9. beeandcuppypat reblogged this from xezene
  10. saevitas reblogged this from xezene
  11. leiren reblogged this from charislikerawr
  12. ahrodriguez reblogged this from charislikerawr
  13. michellerae reblogged this from charislikerawr and added:
    This is beautiful.
  14. charislikerawr reblogged this from arekususan
  15. floatinglikeflotsam reblogged this from foodfightswithspacewhales
  16. foodfightswithspacewhales reblogged this from xezene
  17. too-distasteful reblogged this from xezene
  18. temptingtimeonimpulse reblogged this from xezene
  19. vansrtight reblogged this from xezene
  20. that-is-the-purpose-of-life reblogged this from xezene
  21. call-me-kates reblogged this from evertheoptimisticone
  22. deadend-girl reblogged this from xezene
  23. imwald reblogged this from arsvivendi
  24. evertheoptimisticone reblogged this from xezene